The Reliquarium HQ, 2017
Part One of a Seven Part Installment reflecting the Seven Deadly Sins
Models: A. Rock, Marie, Brigitte Grenier & Sarah Dee (Not Pictured)
A video performance installation.
Models are “plugged in” to an installation of TVs that play original video art produced by the artist. Arrangements differ according to the set space. Ready to install indoors/outdoors.
Stephentown, NY, 2016.
Models: Sarah Dickow & Erik Richard
Photos by: Netty Nut
The Shadow is always present
Within every being, place, and thing.
So many are blind to what terrifies them,
Never looking around and only straight ahead,
Never fully understanding,
Staying safe and never crossing their comfort zones.
Delirium aims to show the emotions and memories that we suppress, displayed on multiple television screens, being drained out from live humans.
Is the human controlling the images or
is the image the one doing the controlling?
2016, Gateway City Arts, Holyoke, MA
Models: Gray Gold & Sarah Dee (not pictured)
2016, ImagineNeon, Boston, MA
Model: Sarah Dee
2017, Last Rites, Lincoln, RI
Models: Corinne Oplinger, Bagheera Joy & Anna Rock (Not pictured)
Boston Cyclorama, May 2016.
This 25-TV installation played 11 different video pieces on 3 media players and 9 DVD players connected to the TVs via RCA and coaxial cables. The videos played all at once to embody the manic cycling of a bipolar episode. The sound for the installation was produced by the artist and edited by music producer, eelko.
“To become conscious of [the shadow] involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real.” –Carl Jung
My work is inspired by my past struggle with bipolar disorder, and in an attempt to understand and reflect that past I have accepted my shadow and am trying to show that if embraced, it can be a beautiful thing. The shadow is a part of our selves that we keep in bottles, under wraps, and swept under carpets. It is a darkness many dare not face, but a vital half of understanding our whole selves. My first manic episode changed me; my eyes were opened to a darker world, one that I was afraid of in the past but upon facing my own demons I came to realize how beautiful even the horrific truly was. Horror as a genre further delves into the concept of the shadow and the subconscious by presenting us with dramatized versions of what we fear, creating physical monsters out of them that we can face and ultimately destroy. In life however, the monsters are within us, and we must face them every day.
Sometimes it all comes too fast and all at once, out of our control, making it difficult to breathe but this is the darkness we all must face to see the light.
Questions of home, identity, origin, life, and death are made through the explorations of space and expression; always looking closer for something more, trying to make sense of the world around me. A search for one’s whole self will feel fundamentally fragmented, juxtaposed, and conflicted; yet every one must find their own way to find unification between their split selves. A crack can be a beautiful thing, in places, within our selves, in creation, and through finding and noticing the cracks in the darkness; I believe that one can find the light.
Stephentown, NY, 2015.
Models: Erik Richard & Sarah Dee
Photos by: Sam Waxman
A meditation of the human body enveloped in the earth,
A reflection of our Origin, pondering our Creation and inevitable Destruction,
the Earth like a womb,
bringing Life with no escape from Death,
The Body is only a vessel.
For this installation, I dug a 3 1/2 foot hole in the ground, which I illuminated from the inside and covered with a sheet of glass. Within the hole lay a male nude, then a female nude, and in the last rotation they lay together. I wanted the order of the male and female to represent the creation of Adam and Eve.